The retro look of a lava lamp adds a fun touch to a room’s decor. These lamps feature a liquid-filled globe with globs of vibrant lava flowing and bubbling inside. The arc heats a coil in the base of this lamp, which causes the stream of lava. Lava lamps need special care to reduce breakage and adherence to fundamental safety rules. The lamps can last for many years when treated appropriately.
Set the lava lamp in an area where it is easy to see it, but it wo not be disturbed. Avoid shaking the lamp at all times and do not move it when it’s warm.
Display the lamp away from direct sunlight, and don’t put it close to a brightly lit window. Sunlight triggers color fading.
Operate the lamp for no more than eight to ten hours at a time. Leaving the lamp on for too long leads to heat, which can ruin the lamp or induce the lava to no more flow correctly.
Store lava lamps in an area where temperatures remain above freezing. Keep the lights inside where temperatures remain fairly constant.
Avoid unscrewing the cap or removing the lava globe from the lamp. Just access the inside of the lamp via the wax hatch and only for lighting replacement. Breaking the seal around the globe destroys the lamp.
Replace the bulb when it burns out or when the lamp fails to heat and circulate the lava. Most lava lamps use small appliance bulbs, but check the manufacturer’s recommendation for the appropriate bulb for your model.
Monitor the lava lamp at all times when it’s in operation. Keep flammable substances, such as fabric and paper, away from the lamp.